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The latest news from the BTS

BTS Communications Strategy

05/12/2017

On Wed 29th November, a new BTS Working Group started to look into the development of a BTS Communications Strategy.

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National Tunnelling Day 2017

30/11/2017

Thursday 7 December was National Tunnelling Day. Under the banner #TARGET1000, the BTSYM challenged its members to make contact with 1000 students and young people to spread awareness of tunnelling as a career prospect.

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ICE Tunnel Engineering Exhibition

28/09/2017

The BTS is a sponsor of the ICE Tunnel Engineering Exhibition, which is currently on at the ICE, Westminster and will run until 10 November 2017.

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18/10/2017

Harding Prize 2018 Call for Papers. The BTS requests original papers on any subject relating to tunnelling by 31st January 2018. The competition is open to any individual aged 33 or under on 1st January 2018.

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BTSYM AGM 2017

15/11/2017

On Thursday 2nd November, the BTSYM AGM was held at the ICE at which the new committe for the 2018 session was presented to the members.Immediate Past-Chair Emma Hale handed over the reins to Nick McCrossan (Mott MacDonald) as Chair for the new session.

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James Clark Medal Lunch

19/10/2017

The 2017 James Clark Medal lunch was held on Thursday 19 October. The event is held every year at the ICE and once again guests enjoyed an excellent meal in fine surroundings.

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BTS Underground Health and Safety Course

29/09/2017

This year's BTS Underground Health and Safety Course will run from Monday 27th to Tuesday 28th November 2017 at the ICE. Booking is now open.

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Glasgow Shieldhall Tunnel Breakthrough

16/10/2017

The Costain Vinci GP JV completed the construction phase of the Glasgow Shieldhall Tunnel on 12th October when the mix-shield, 'Daisy' broke through into the reception shaft at Queens Park. The breakthrough marked the completion of Scotland's biggest wastewater tunnel, running for 5km beneath Glasgow.

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ITA Tunnelling Awards 2017

12/10/2017

The ITA Tunnelling Awards 2017 will be held in Paris on 15 November during the AFTES 15th International Congress.

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TunnelTech 2017

16/08/2017

TunnelTech 2017 is a two-day IMechE conference supported by the BTS focusing on how equipment and technologies are improving safety and productivity in tunnelling. The event takes place in London on 26 and 27 September.

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Underground Solutions Seminar

14/08/2017

The BTSYM is pleased to be endorsing Bekaert Maccaferri's Underground Solutions Seminar. This is a one-day seminar which will take place at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Birdcage Walk on 13 September 2017.

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2017 International Women in Engineering Day

18/06/2017

Friday 23rd June was International Women in Engineering Day. INWED is an annual event which aims to raise the profile of women in engineering and spread awareness amongst women and girls of the exciting career opportunities in engineering. #MenAsAllies is the sub theme for 2017.

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Joseph Gallagher is awarded James Clark Medal 2017

23/05/2017

At the BTS on 18 May, Joseph Gallagher received the James Clark medal for his long standing contribution to the tunnelling industry

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David Donaldson awarded distinguished service certificate by British Standards

22/05/2017

At the BTS on 18th May, David Donaldson was presented with a distinguished service certificate from British Standards in recognition of his valuable input to BS6164 and the CEN working groups.

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BTS Design and Construction Course

25/04/2017

The BTS Design and Construction course will run from 3rd to 7th July 2017 at Warwick University. Booking is now open.

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Harding Prize 2017

24/04/2017

The BTS congratulates Omar Mohammed on winning the 2017 Harding Prize for his paper on Deep Pile Foundation Interceptions in Tunnelling at Bank Station

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TDUK Launch Video

29/03/2017

TDUK has made available a video covering its launch evening in February this year, the interviews and the intent for the group going forward.

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10/01/2017

Lee Tunnel, Beckton, London wins prestigious Concrete Society Award 2016

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Think Deep UK Launch

09/02/2017

On 7th February 2017, Think Deep UK welcomed around 100 experts to launch its initiative to unlock the value of the ground beneath cities.

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New Publication by the PJA on Pipe Jacking and Microtunnelling

10/02/2017

The Pipe Jacking Association has published an updated introduction to pipe jacking and microtunnelling. The 24 page colour publication provides an overview of pipe jacking and its benefits, with over 50 updated computer graphics and illustrations.

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09/12/2016

New Civil Engineer's hugely popular Tunnelling Awards took place on Thursday 8 December at the prestigious Grosvenor House Hotel.

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New Chairman and Vice Chairman appointed to Pipe Jacking Association

10/12/2016

Graeme Monteith, Tunnelling Engineering Manager at Barhale Construction, has been appointed chairman of the Pipe Jacking Association and Jim Kirby, an Associate at consulting engineer Donaldson Associates, vice-chairman.

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09/01/2017

Harding Prize 2017 - Call for Papers. The BTS requests original papers on any subject relating to tunnelling by 31st January 2017. The competition is open to any individual aged 33 or under at the end of this year.

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National Tunnelling Day

30/11/2016

Thursday 1 December is National Tunnelling Day. Please tweet and share your tunnelling stories (historical or current). #TunnelDayUk

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29/09/2016

The British Tunnelling Society is pleased to inform its members that the Past Chairman, Roger Bridge, is continuing to make good progress and is now out of hospital.

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22/06/2016

Engineers at War: Tunnelling in WW1

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Tunnellers' Soiree 2016

30/06/2016

The first BTS Tunnellers' Soiree was held on the evening of Friday 30th September at Theobalds Park, Waltham Cross (North London).

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Tunnels and Tunnelling Newsletter

12/05/2016

The weekly electronic newsletter from tunnels and tunnelling is now available.

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Harding Prize 2016

26/04/2016

The BTS congratulates Howard Sayers on winning the 2016 Harding Prize for his paper on The Use of a Fully Integrated Temporary and Permanent Works Design to Construct an Underpass in Close Proximity to a Live Operational Underground Railway

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Naples selected as host city for WTC 2019

28/04/2016

At the WTC in San Francisco, Naples was elected as host city for the World Tunnelling Congress (WTC) in 2019.

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HS2 Safety Initiative

28/03/2016

The HS2 Supply Chain Health and Safety Standard was launched on Tuesday 22nd March

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BTS AGM Thursday 19 May 2016

25/05/2016

At the AGM on 20th May, Roger Bridge handed over the Chaiman role to Mark Leggett.

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ICE Engineering Underground Space

13/02/2016

The ICE Engineering Underground Space Conference took place at the ICE in Westminster on 15th March 2016.

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BTS submits bid for WTC 2019

12/02/2016

The BTS has submitted its bid to host the World Tunnel Congress in 2019.

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BTS Christmas Debate

13/12/2015

At the Christmas Debate on 10th December 2015, the BTS voted strongly in favour of the motion "This house believes further development of SCL for complex urban tunnels is the best way forward for our industry"

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CAWG Report wins Tunnelling Award

06/12/2015

We are very pleased to announce that the BTS / ITA Guidance document on Working in High Pressure Compressed Air won the 'Safety initiative of the year' award at the 2015 NCE Tunnelling Awards.

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MAG2US

27/10/2015

MAG2US is a newly formed group of industry professionals concerned with promoting and safeguarding the use of underground space in the UK.

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Materials Technician apprenticeships

24/10/2015

Materials Technician apprenticeships are soon to be run at the Tunnelling and Underground Construction Academy (TUCA). More details to follow.

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Harding Prize 2016

26/10/2015

2016 Harding Prize. Entry is open to those aged 33 or younger on 1st January 2016. The submission date for 2016 entries is 31 January 2016.

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Recommended reading list

24/10/2015

The BTS Technical Committee has compiled a Recommended Reading list covering the technical, design and construction aspects of tunnelling. It can be found in the Knowledge section of the BTS website.

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PHEW

08/09/2015

Paul Perry (BTS Committee Member) is now responsible for BTS liaison with PHEW, the ICE Panel for Historical Engineering Works

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Occupational exposure to respirable dust

07/09/2015

A document on occupational exposure to respirable dust has kindly been made available by Crossrail

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ITA Tunnelling Awards 2015

06/06/2015

The ITA Tunnelling Awards will be held at the Hagerbach galleries, Switzerland on 19th November 2015.

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ITA World Tunnel Congress 2016

05/06/2015

The ITA 2016 World Tunnel Congress will be held at San Francisco, California in from 22nd to 28th April. Authors wishing to present papers should submit abstracts by 15th June 2015.

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Compressed Air Working Group

29/05/2015

A revised version of the Guidelines for good working practice in High Pressure Compressed Air has been published by the ITA / BTS Compressed Air Working Group.

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BTS Annual Dinner 2015

21/05/2015

Photographs of the 2015 BTS Annual Dinner are now available for viewing online, and copies may be ordered.

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BTS Bursary for the Tunnelling MSc at Warwick

19/05/2015

The BTS intends to provide a single bursary up to a value of £12,000 to assist a student attending the MSc in Tunnelling and Underground Space at the University of Warwick starting in October 2015.

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Landrover visits Crossrail

24/03/2015

A Landrover Evoque convertible recently drove through the Crossrail Thames Crossing

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The 2014 International Tunnelling Awards

26/01/2015

Petr Salak, a former BTSYM Chair was awarded the title of 'Young Tunneller of the Year' at the 2014 NCE International Tunnelling Awards, held on 4th December.

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Logging the Chalk

25/01/2015

Logging the Chalk, is a new book by Professor Rory Mortimore, who gave the November 2014 BTS meeting on 'What can go wrong with a Site Investigation in Chalk".

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BTS Conference 2014

13/11/2014

Videos of the 2014 BTS Conference and Exhibition are now available. Click here for more details

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ITA WTC 2015 Call for Papers

21/08/2014

The ITA WTC will take place in May 2015 in Dubrovnik, Croatia. Those wishing to present papers should submit abstracts by 15th September 2015.

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ITA forms Young Members Group

12/06/2014

At their General Assembly in Iguassu Fall, Brazil, in May 2014, the ITA approved the formation of a Young Member Group inside the ITA.

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35 (most talented) women under 35

06/07/2014

Former Chair of the BTS Young Members, Anita Wu has been named by Management Today on their '35 women under 35' list.

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35 Women under 35

08/06/2014

Three young tunnelling professionals and active BTSYM members (inc the Chair) have been selected in the shortlist for Management Today's list of the most talented 35 women under 35.

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BTS Annual Dinner 2014

15/05/2014

Photographs of the 2014 BTS Annual Dinner are now available for viewing online, and copies may be ordered.

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News - 2014 AGM

16/05/2014

The 2014 BTS AGM was held on 15th May at the ICE. Damian McGirr, Chairman for the last two years, handed over to Roger Bridge.

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BTSYM Midlands branch

11/05/2014

The BTSYM have recently launched a Midlands branch, in collaboration with the ICE East and West Midlands branches. Planned activities include lectures, site visits, socials, and school visits to encourage young people into tunnelling.

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Harding Prize 2014

11/04/2014

The 2014 Harding Prize was awarded to Edward Batty for his excellent paper entitled 'Crossrail Western Tunnels: TBM Breakthrough at Bond Street Station'

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Recordings of BTS evening meetings

10/04/2014

Most BTS evening meetings can be viewed live over the internet, and recordings viewed later. Click on the filmstrip icon to the right of the event.

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Engineering for All

15/02/2014

On 29th January, five hundred 14-15 year old pupils from St Paul’s School for Girls in Edgbaston were the latest to benefit from a programme of educational visits organised by the Institution of Civil Engineers West Midlands regional team.

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New BTS website

24/01/2014

The BTS is extremely pleased to launch its new look website, which contains a significant increase in information and many new features.

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News - Colin Campbell Mitchell Award

05/02/2014

The call for nominations for the inaugural Royal Academy of Engineering Colin Campbell Mitchell Award is now open. This celebrates the life and work of one of Scotland's most accomplished marine engineers (1904-69).

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Engineering the London Underground

12/11/2013

Engineering the London Underground is a short film charting the development of 'the Tube'.

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BTS Harding Prize 2013

18/04/2013

The 2013 Harding Prize was won by David Clayton, for his paper on the 'TBM crossing at the Lee Tunnel connection shaft', presented to the BTS on 18th April.

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Panel for Historic Engineering Works (PHEW)

26/06/2012

Peter Harris, Chief Civil Engineer at Donaldson Associates, has been appointed as Tunnels Convener on the Panel for Historic Engineering Works (PHEW).

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Mai Nguyen receives ICE Ambassador Award

11/11/2012

Chair of the BTSYM Schools and Universities Group, Mai Nguyen, has received recognition for her work in the first STEM Ambassador Awards from the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) London Region.

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Kate Cooksey recognised by Management Today

23/06/2012

Kate Cooksey, founding Chair of the BTS Young Members and a member of the BTS Committee has been awarded a place on Management Today's prestigious "35 women under 35" list.

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